Fires destroy thousands of hectares of Chilean forest

2015-02-17 15:51
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Santiago de Chile - Forest fires in southern Chile have destroyed 11 200ha since December, the head of the country's forest authority said on Monday.

A total of 67 fires, including 11 that have not been brought under control, are identified in a report by forest authority Conaf, said its director, Aaron Cavieres.

"This is about a structural phenomenon caused by a mega-drought in the context of climate change," Cavieres told Radio Cooperativa. "We have to prepare for the future in this sense."

The pace of deforestation due to fires has increased in Chile, up to an average of 55 000ha per year over the past five years, Conaf statistics show.

Chile has 17.3 million hectares of forest.
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